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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007434952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007434954
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,687,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Delightful, laugh-out-loud funny and unforgettable. I love this book’ Toni Jordan, author of Addition

‘O’Reilly is funny and touching by turns and her style has a spare intelligence that reminded me of another of my favourite authors, the great Laurie Graham’ DAILY MAIL

‘A delight … The author has a wryly-humorous touch and, once I started reading, I found it hard to put down. It’s peopled with characters who are quirky but credible, and universally recognizable’ NEW BOOKS MAG

‘Can anyone write the story of a whirligig single mother gamely and hilariously fighting development of her small town better than Paddy O'Reilly? No, and nor should they try’ WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

‘O’Reilly displays a deft poetic touch that elevates the prose from functional to transcendent…This is a story about love: where we look for it, what we do with it and how it shows up in the most unexpected packages. It is warm, moving and funny’ BIG ISSUE, AUSTRALIA

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"Delightful, laugh-out-loud funny and unforgettable. I love this book." (Toni Jordan, author of Addition)

"One of the sought-after books of the year." (The Herald Sun)

"What sets this down-home comedy apart from the norm is how wonderfully well it is written. O’Reilly is funny and touching by turns and her style has a spare intelligence." (The Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Loretta describes herself disparagingly as "an old scrag" at all of thirty. Don't believe a word of it. She is a fierce, funny fighter, living in a tiny Australian town which is short of jobs, services and husbands. After 10 years of marriage her husband drove off and never came back.

I really enjoyed this story of a woman fighting to save the local school and other services in the town, standing up for what she believes in and trying to resist the slide into total cynicism and apathy. I'd hate to live in Gunapan, but I'd love to meet Loretta, her kids, and her friend Norm who owns the junkyard.

I hope there are plans to bring O'Reilly's first novel and her short story collection out over here soon, very soon.
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Left behind in Gunapan by her lousy husband with her two children, Loretta Boskovic drives the dusty road from her house to town, staring out at the scrubby bushland dreaming of rescue by a handsome lover and a car radio that gets something other than racing commentary. In this unique, wryly observed novel, Paddy O'Reilly captures the essence of a lonely Australian bush town and it's ordinary residents with humour and heart.
The author's protagonist is a woman you will find in any small town, she is a single mother juggling child raising with work, a budget that only allows for discounted undies and a longing for an intimate relationship. Loretta copes with the spareness of her life with a wicked sense of humour, and roll-up-your-sleeves and get-on-with-it attitude. Her children are everything to her, even though she regularly fantasises about being whisked away from their whining demands. Raising her two children on her own isn't easy, they miss their father and his sudden (though mercifully brief) reappearance seems to trigger their worst instincts leaving Loretta floundering.
Loretta isn't completely alone, her neighbour, Norm - a laconic and slightly eccentric collector - is her dearest friend and champion. Her best friend is also a single woman on the prowl and in a community like Gunupan everyone knows everyone else.
In an unconscious effort to stave off her loneliness, Loretta rallies the community in an effort to stop the closure of their school and when that is accomplished, finds a new cause involving a shady development deal and corruption Councillors. In a small town like Gunapan the community is the lifeblood of the town and depends on its' residents to fight for it to stay alive.
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By S. D. Spicer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2012
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When this book popped up I was looking for a suitable book for holiday reading. Although the publisher's description put it on the edge of books that I would choose I'm glad that I did.
It is a splendid read, and one that can be read for an hour, put down and picked up a day or two later without having to go back and remind yourself of details that you have forgotten and without which you lose the plot.
The whole book from the cover illustration inwards is warm and joyful. There's ups and downs that bring the book to life and that happy sad feeling at the end when you wish it just went on.

Brilliant.
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By elsie purdon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2011
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This is an easy to read novel, set in Gunapan a small town in Western Australia, which is not a glamourous place.

The book is written in the first person, that is Loretta O'Brian who is a feisty single mum of two kids; Melissa who is 11 and already a teen in her attitude, and Jake a typical 8 year old boy. Loretta loves her kids, yet is often promising herself that she will drop them off at the nearest orphanage or simply sell them!
I thought that was a bit harsh! but of course she never means it.
I enjoyed the book and I liked Loretta and her two kids. I liked her friend Norm. and I enjoyed disliking her husband from whom she is separated.

Loretta is campaigning to keep the town's small school open, she also discovers that there are plans to build a holiday spa resort for outsiders to visit. Nothing for the locals. As she digs in to find out what is going on she doesn't always make herself popular. Everyone has their own agenda. There is also a mysterious family keeping themselves separate who turn out to be refugees from Bosnia. This thread adds some connectedness to the outside world which doesn't really intrude on small town life in Gunapan.

Norm, my favourite character has a huge junkyard where customers spend more time gossiping than buying. Norm is like a grandfather to Melissa and Jake. (He has his own grown up son who makes an appearance later in the novel). It is Norm's junk yard that supplies the title of the book.

As I read the book I could feel the heat, temperature wise, even in our winter and I could really believe in Loretta as a real person. The plot isn't so important as the characters and their ups and downs with each other. There is plenty of humour and some sadness. A good book to curl up with and forget the cold.
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I downloaded this after reading a strong magazine review and to be honest, because i loved the title! Just one of those books that provides a little taste of life and makes you feel good at the end of it. Well written, witty and poignant, it will make you smile and give you moments of sadness in equal measure. Gentle but clever and nothing like my normal reading choices. I have recommended it several times since reading and yet to find a friend who wasn't touched by it.
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